UH softball finishes 3-game sweep of UTEP

May 4, 2008 3:28:11 PM PDT
The University of Houston softball team (48-8, 21-2 Conference USA) closed out the 2008 regular season with a 2-0 win over UTEP Sunday at Cougar Softball Stadium, completing its second straight C-USA series sweep and its sixth this season.Houston's 21 wins in C-USA are the second most single-season wins in the conference's nine years and the most since DePaul recorded 22 wins during the 2003 season. UH is only the second program to record back-to-back 20 wins conference seasons. DePaul was the last, doing so during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Senior pitcher Angel Shamblin (28-2) pitched her 16th shutout, allowing two hits and striking out seven.

The Cougars put two runs on the board in the third inning, both coming with two outs. Junior Katie Bush started things off reaching base on a bunt and senior Amanda Grote would put herself into scoring position, reaching base on a single through the left side. Bush and Grote would scored when junior Laurie Wagner hit her first triple of the season, giving Houston the 2-0 advantage.

UH finishes the season with a 33-2 record on their home field, losing only to Baylor and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Coogs are also only the second program in school history to record 48 wins in a single season. UH's baseball team recorded 48 wins during both the 2000 and 2002 seasons.

Houston will play host to the 2008 Conference USA tournament Thursday through Saturday at Cougar Softball Stadium. The first day of the tournament will feature five games beginning at 9am, starting with UAV vs. Memphis.

The Cougars enter the tournament as the league's top seed and will play at 5:30pm. They will play the winner of the UAB-Memphis game.

There will be two semifinal games starting at 2 pm on Friday. The Championship game is slated for 1:30 pm on Saturday.

For more information, go to uhcougars.cstv.com

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